This collection of 161 letters provides a look at the intimate inner workings of an upper-middle-class Victorian household. Written by a young woman, Louise Creighton, to her mother, the letters start during Louise's honeymoon in Paris, and end in November 1880, just before her mother's death. Louise Creighton was the wife and biographer of Bishop Mandell Creighton, but has also emerged as a moderate Christian feminist in an era when women's causes were usually articulated by more militant voices. The letters also reveal much about the academic and social life in Oxford and later in Northumberland where Louise records her duties as a vicar's wife. Other sections in her letters are descriptions of managing her household of servants, and her social activities.
First published in 1932. This title is a first-person account of growing up in Victorian England. The book examines many aspects of the British Empire, and the family life and education of the poet, writer and high society hostess Claire Annabel Caroline Grant Duff. A Victorian Childhood will be of interest to students of history.
Education in Britain can be traced back to Roman times; great institutions such as the colleges of Oxford and Cambridge were developed in the 13th century; and by the time Henry VIII was on the throne a wider emphasis was being placed on education for privileged boys. Scotland provided parish schools from 1696 but it was not until Victorian times that provision was made in England and Wales for every child to have an elementary school place, whatever their background.